Blog https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/category/blog en 5 Innovative Ideas for Recruiting Teachers of Color https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/29/5-innovative-ideas-recruiting-teachers-color <span>5 Innovative Ideas for Recruiting Teachers of Color</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/24/2020 - 11:39</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/22764" hreflang="en">Zoie Jones</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-29T12:00:00Z">July 29, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-07/Black%20female%20teacher%20in%20computer%20classroom.png?itok=NWY-fzsS" width="250" height="250" alt="Black female teacher in computer classroom" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Diversifying the pipeline of teachers in classrooms has been a historic struggle for schools of all types. According to the </span></span><a href="https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_209.23.asp?referer=raceindicators"><strong><span>most recent data</span></strong></a><span><span> from the </span></span><span>U.S. Department of Education<span>, over half of K-12 students are students of color, yet only about 30% of teachers are of color at charter schools. The percent of teachers of color at district schools is even lower at 20%. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Either way, that’s a big disparity. And one that I have noticed myself as a student of color and aspiring teacher.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As part of my fellowship </span></span><span>with the National Alliance this summer<span>, I have spent part of my time researching innovative and interesting programs across our country that aim to recruit, train, and mentor teachers from diverse backgrounds. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>During my time as a fellow, I have witnessed just how much the National Alliance believes in the power of diversifying the teacher workforce. Most recently, the National Alliance published a </span><strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-10/PI-talent-r4.pdf"><span>report</span></a></strong><span><strong> </strong>with Public Impact highlighting how school leaders of color recruit, train, and support teachers of color.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Here are five resources I found that schools can adapt or implement to recruit teachers of color: </span></span></span></span></p> <ol><li><span><span><strong><span>‘Grow Your Own’ Programs</span></strong></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span>In </span><strong><a href="https://www.ewa.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/conra-gist-grow-your-own.pdf"><span>recent research</span></a></strong><span>, ‘Grow Your Own’ programs (GYO) have been cited as an effective strategy for states and schools to help recruit and retain teachers of color. GYO teacher programs aim to address teacher shortages, retention issues, and diversity by employing a variety of strategies that aim to recruit teachers from local communities. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For one example, </span><strong><a href="https://growyourownteachers.org/"><span>GYO Illinois</span></a></strong><span><strong> </strong>is a GYO program that ushers promising candidates through the teacher pipeline via partnerships between schools, teacher preparation programs, and community organizations. This program provides wrap-around support to teacher candidates including mentoring, coaching, test prep, and financial aid.</span></span></span></p> <ol start="2"><li><span><span><strong><span>High School Teacher Cadet Programs</span></strong></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span>Amid predictions of teacher shortages, high school teacher cadet programs began spreading in the mid-1980s. These programs often allow students in high school to take one or more elective courses related to teaching. High school teacher cadet programs is an innovative approach to recruiting talented youth to the teaching profession. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The </span><strong><a href="https://www.teachercadets.com/"><span>South Carolina Teacher Cadet Program</span></a></strong><span> has served as a premier national model of these types of programs. Piloted in four South Carolina high schools in 1985-86, the program has grown to partner with 188 South Carolina high schools. Individuals in the program report that the coursework and field experience offered increased their knowledge of the teaching profession and more than 71,500 students have participated in the program’s 35-year history.  </span></span></span></p> <ol start="3"><li><span><span><strong><span>Teaching Residencies</span></strong></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span>Similar to the medical residency model,<strong> </strong></span><strong><a href="https://nctresidencies.org/about/residency-model-teacher-mentor-programs/"><span>teacher residences</span></a></strong><span> provide aspiring teachers with a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship with a masters-level education. Teacher residency programs offer a unique blend of theory and practice. Residents receive a stipend for living expenses throughout their training year. Additionally, residents receive a subsidized master’s degree upon completion of the residency. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><a href="https://createteacherresidency.org/"><span>CREATE</span></a></strong><span> is a teacher residency program at Georgia State University. Through a three-year residency, new teachers are offered a comprehensive support system. Residents can serve at charter schools through a partnership with the </span><span><a href="https://atlncs.org/"><strong>Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s Center for Collaborative Learning</strong></a>.</span></span></span></p> <ol start="4"><li><span><span><strong><span>Relationship-based Recruitment</span></strong></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span>Building personal relationships with diverse students at institutions of higher education can be an effective strategy in diversifying the teacher pipeline. Hosting targeted events to connect with upcoming candidates can allow recruiters to build meaningful relationships with potential educators. Districts benefit from connecting with potential candidates before they decide to apply. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>School leaders at </span><strong><a href="https://valorcollegiate.org/"><span>Valor Collegiate Academies</span></a></strong><span> have maintained a strong commitment to minority staff recruitment. Significant staffing and budget resources are dedicated to meet the charter school network and school staff diversity goals. Valor has a staff member whose responsibilities include teacher recruitment. This member attends job fairs throughout the country to promote the school. The network also budgets $20,000 per year to fly in high-quality teaching candidates for interviews, a barrier for many applicants of color.  </span></span></span></p> <ol start="5"><li><span><span><strong><span>College Fellows</span></strong></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span>Education fellowships for college students offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on experiences. Some fellowships also offer college students an opportunity to pursue their master’s degree as a part of the program or help students finance a graduate or postgraduate education. Other fellowships offer immersive internships for college students.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The </span><strong><a href="https://uncf.org/pages/walton"><span>Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship</span></a></strong><span>—the program I am participating in this summer—is a talent and leadership initiative aimed at building a pipeline of high-achieving Black students engaged in education. Walton Fellows are exposed to professional careers at leading K-12 education organizations and schools as they approach their senior year of college. As a Walton-UNCF fellow serving at the National Alliance, I can attest to the fact that this fellowship provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the greater efforts of educational organizations throughout America. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While the above resources for recruiting teachers of color should be a consideration for every school, we know that putting these measures in place is only the first step. Schools also need to provide supports for their teachers of color to thrive and a pipeline for them to advance.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>But it is always good to take the first step. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em><span>Zoie Jones is a 2020 Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellow serving with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She is a rising senior at Spelman College, a historically black college and university in Atlanta, majoring in Elementary Education. After graduation, Zoie aspires to become a teacher focusing her efforts on educating and inspiring children from low-income communities. </span></em></span></span></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=22762&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="RR0ZTavky1XO6KNCYpNPPSV7ER8ELTDOlr9hi0eWbkI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:39:14 +0000 Melinda 22762 at https://www.publiccharters.org Six Ways the New House Infrastructure Bill Could Help Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/09/six-ways-new-house-infrastructure-bill-could-help-charter-schools <span>Six Ways the New House Infrastructure Bill Could Help Charter Schools </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:11</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/christy-wolfe" hreflang="en">Christy Wolfe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-09T12:00:00Z">July 9, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-07/Blog%20%28250px%29.png?itok=syJmsdYg" width="250" height="250" alt="Square photo of playground and school building" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 2)—a $1.5 trillion bill designed to upgrade a wide range national infrastructure while also stimulating the economy. While it is not likely to be signed into law any time in the near future, it is important to understand the provisions that could potentially benefit charter schools. Some of these provisions could wind up moving as standalone provisions or part of bills in coming years, such as permanent authority for New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC).</p> <p>The six ways the INVEST in America Act could specifically benefit charter schools are as follows:</p> <h3>1. Direct grants for high need schools</h3> <p>The INVEST in America Act includes $100 billion (from Fiscal Year 2020 through Fiscal Year 2024) in state formula grants targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that pose health and safety risks to students and staff. Charter schools are included as local educational agencies. District authorized charters would have to receive funds through their district, which makes it less likely they would receive funds. The language prohibits funds from being used by “schools operated by a for-profit entity”. States would have the option of including, as eligibility criteria, whether an LEA is among those with the greatest need for school facilities improvement and whether it is among those with the most limited capacity to raise funds for the long-term improvement of school facilities. It also prohibits funds from being used for charter schools that lease their facility from an individual or private entity that has a direct or indirect interest in the schools and has a governance role in the school.</p> <h3>2. Bonds for school construction and renovations</h3> <p>The bill includes two bond provisions that have the potential to provide significant assistance to meet the facility needs of charter schools:</p> <ol><li> <p>The bill would reauthorize the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) authority, which existed from 1997 until 2016, after which it was repealed by Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It makes funds easier to use by expanding its use to cover construction costs. ($1.4 billion per year)</p> </li> <li> <p>The bill would also create—through the Internal Revenue Code—a new tax-credit bond authority called School Infrastructure Bonds (SIBs), which would have the same general financing structure as QZABs. SIBs would be a 100% tax credit on interest paid up to the state’s share of $10 billion each year for fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022.</p> </li> </ol><h3>3. Permanent authority for New Markets Tax Credit and Increased Allocation </h3> <p>NMTC provides significant support to meet the needs of charter schools. Making its authority permanent means that Congress will not need to renew it each year or for certain time frames, which will help build the pipeline of allocations for this program.</p> <h3>4. Reinstatement of advanced refunding bonds</h3> <p>The bill would reinstate advanced refunding bonds, an important tool for charter schools to reduce the cost of their bond financing when interest rates drop. This provision was eliminated in the 2017 tax reform bill.</p> <h3>5. Technology access and broadband infrastructure </h3> <p>The bill authorizes a significant investment—$100 billion—in the nation’s broadband infrastructure, including increased allocations for E-Rate and funds for devices for students.</p> <ul><li>$5 billion is authorizes for E-rate and there are state (formula) and local (competitive) grant funds of $685 million and $625 million respectively for digital equity grants to address broadband access.</li> <li>$85 billion to build out broadband networks to underserved areas.</li> </ul><p>Earlier this year, the National Alliance used U.S. census tracts to <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/closing-digital-divide">map the lack of access to technology and devices</a> for charter school students and found that at least $243 million is needed to close the device and connectivity gaps for students in charter schools.</p> <h3>6. Childcare infrastructure</h3> <p>Charter schools that provide childcare would be able to access funds from a $10 billion federal investment designed to leverage additional state and local funding that will address structural challenges and upgrading childcare facilities to ensure are safe, appropriate, and able to comply with current and future public health directives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would distribute grants to states based upon a needs assessment regarding facilities of childcare providers and would award grants to intermediaries (including CDFIs) to assist providers with technical assistance and financing.</p> <p>Regardless of the bill’s outcome, the National Alliance will continue to advocate on behalf of policies that will improve access to facilities and reduce facility costs for charter schools. </p> <p> </p> <p><em>Christy Wolfe is the vice president of policy and planning at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Learn more about the National Alliance's <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/strengthening-federal-investment-charter-school-facilities"><strong>policy proposals for facilities</strong></a> and see the <a href="https://facilitycenter.publiccharters.org/"><strong>Charter Schools Facility Center at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</strong></a> for resources.</h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/80" hreflang="en">facilities funding</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=21876&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="61UzCWy-ivQ6Z0Hpn9pqG52h1I4r853ooKBL4ZAgFZU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:11:29 +0000 Melinda 21876 at https://www.publiccharters.org 4 Sessions at NCSCvirtual to Recession-proof Your School https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/07/4-sessions-ncscvirtual-recession-proof-your-school <span>4 Sessions at NCSCvirtual to Recession-proof Your School</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:42</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel" hreflang="en">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-07T12:00:00Z">July 7, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-07/Virtual%20National%20Charter%20Schools%20Conference%20logo%20with%20purple%20background.png?itok=5Q9ZgDKs" width="250" height="250" alt="Virtual National Charter Schools Conference logo with purple background" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As the 2019-20 school year winds down and state legislatures issue warnings of more budget cuts, it's hard not to think about what that means for the financial picture for the next school year. We've curated four sessions for the <a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/"><strong>Virtual National Charter Schools Conference</strong></a>—July 16, 23, and 30—to help you successfully lead your school through economic uncertainty.</p> <p>Led by finance experts and charter school leaders, these sessions will prepare you with the knowledge and strategies you need to recession-proof your school:</p> <p><strong>Philanthropy, COVID-19, and Education</strong><br /> As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact and re-shape the world, philanthropy has been keeping pace to mitigate the devastating consequences. Join <strong>Kristin Todd</strong> (Daniels Fund), <strong>Ash Solar</strong> (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation), <strong>Dakarai Aarons</strong> (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative), <strong>Melanie Brown</strong> (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and <strong>Katherine Haley </strong>(Philanthropy Roundtable) for a session on the impact of the pandemic on philanthropy and adjustments funders have made to better support schools. </p> <p><strong>Charter School Finances During a Fiscal Downturn </strong><br /> The COVID-19 pandemic has created a tremendous amount of economic uncertainty around the world. The effect on school budgets is yet to be fully understood, but we know that a sizable reduction in revenues is likely over the next several years. In this session, <strong>Nathan Barrett, Ph.D., </strong>(National Alliance for Public Charter Schools) will help leaders understand fiscal risk indicators, prepare a flexible budget, and plan for uncertainty by taking what we know from the Great Recession and applying it to today's crisis. </p> <p><strong>Budgeting and Procurement in the Time of COVID </strong><br /> Charter schools will face unprecedented challenges as they seek to procure products and services necessary to reopen schools safely. Leading this session is a panel of charter school and finance leaders—<strong>Ellen Lin</strong> (Green Dot Public Schools), <strong>Stephen Parmer</strong> (Uplift Education), <strong>Cameron Mascoll</strong> (Colorado Early Colleges), <strong>Catherine Sanwo</strong> (Friendship Public Charter School) and <strong>Marco Rafanelli</strong> (BuyQ)—sharing strategies and their school's approach to meeting COVID-related operations challenges with significant budget cuts. </p> <p><strong>Planning for the Unplanned: Tools and Essential Questions for Strategic Leadership</strong><br /> Over the last several months, school leaders have worked to meet students' needs through the challenges presented by the coronavirus. And with multiple scenarios possible in the 2020-2021 academic school year, they'll likely need to continue to plan through uncertainty. In this session, <strong>Jessica Naioukas</strong> (Mott Haven Academy), <strong>Nnenna Ude</strong> (Match Education), and <strong>Tresha Ward</strong> (Bellwether Education Partners) will share best practices and tools for decision making when much is unknown. </p> <p>NCSCvirtual is your chance to get ahead of the curve and protect your school against the recession fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to interacting with you during the first-ever virtual conference!</p> <a href="https://conference.publiccharters.org/2020/"><img alt="Register now for the Virtual National Charter Schools Conference!" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="95852ba6-62f2-48c3-8fcb-4190b1f384be" height="87" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/NCSC20-RegisterNow_btn.png" width="417" class="align-center" /></a> <p><em>Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/159" hreflang="en">National Charter Schools Conference</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-331" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/331#comment-331" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Trying to pay for the Virtual Conference</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">July 13, 2020 - 01:45am</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alicia Hunter</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>To Whom It May Concern:<br /> I have been trying to register and pay for the Virtual Conference for the last couple of months. I want to pay for the registration as soon as possible. Please let me know. Thank you for your time.</p> <p>Alicia Hunter</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=331&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="vN7D27M39OR0k_aHZWi3BCW89PHq0eIe5EyuvXYEGxE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><article data-comment-user-id="5532" id="comment-332" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/332#comment-332" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">RE: Trying to pay for the Virtual Conference</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">July 13, 2020 - 09:54am</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Hi Alicia - please email our conference team ncsc@publiccharters.org for help with registration. Have a great day!</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=332&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Y121XxYMdmyvBTnESDmLSM-ujX7_DBeMyxlrBtiKJSA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/331#comment-331" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Trying to pay for the Virtual Conference</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alicia Hunter</span></p> </footer> </article> </div> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=21808&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6BzgT7AmC89G9RHUdlTZvrt5SGtqkTstMcgTFQQnVCU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:42:14 +0000 Melinda 21808 at https://www.publiccharters.org Charter Schools Overachieve in 2020 Best Public High Schools List https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/29/charter-schools-overachieve-2020-best-public-high-schools-list <span>Charter Schools Overachieve in 2020 Best Public High Schools List</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:15</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/melinda-tolliver" hreflang="en">Melinda Tolliver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-29T12:00:00Z">June 29, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/Charter%20Schools%20Overachieve%20in%202020%20Best%20Public%20High%20Schools%20List_Square.png?itok=IyvB3t7S" width="250" height="250" alt="Group of diverse high school students" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>The U.S. News &amp; World Report released the <a href="https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools"><strong>2020 rankings of the best high schools</strong></a> in the public school sector earlier this year. We were pleased—but not surprised—to see charter schools had an outsized performance in the rankings again this year.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Though charter schools make up only 13% of public schools, they made up 21% of the top 100 best high schools list—nearly double the proportion of overall number of schools. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>When we take a closer look at the top 5 percent of schools, the performance of charter schools looks even better with charter schools accounting for 18% of those schools and 24% of schools in the top 1%</span></span></p> <img alt="A graph listing the percent of district, magnet, and charter schools included in the U.S. News &amp; World Report 2020 ranking of best public high schools, both in numbers and percentage-wise" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="45de9bc5-ecd6-4803-9e81-17de9beb373e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Best%20High%20Schools_updated.png" class="align-center" /><p><span><span>The <a href="https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings"><strong>ranking methodology</strong></a> draws from data for the 2017-2018 school year, using both state and federal datasets. In addition, the College Board and International Baccalaureate (IB) provided data on their respective college-prep programs, Advanced Placement (AP), and IB. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>These are the six indicators of school quality used to calculate the rankings:</span></span></p> <ol><li><span><span><span>College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of underserved students.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2013-2014 and graduated four years later.</span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span>Congratulations again to the charter schools and high school students who outperformed! Keep up the great work.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em>Melinda Tolliver is the senior manager of digital strategy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/189" hreflang="en">rankings</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=21053&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="_NHdk4LEtlHJ59wbRwgd0o_ZhfGN4_s-0DUSTlb33nw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:15:56 +0000 Melinda 21053 at https://www.publiccharters.org Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads VII https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/26/celebrating-2020-charter-grads-vii <span>Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads VII</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brittnee</span></span> <span>Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:03</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-26T12:00:00Z">June 26, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/grad%20post%20VII.png?itok=XFCtYaYd" width="250" height="250" alt="cap and gown " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Charter schools are celebrating their high school seniors in meaningful ways. In <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">this series</a></strong>, we highlight different ways schools are sending off their 2020 graduates. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Charter School Graduates First Senior Class </span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>School leaders at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School in New York will host their first senior class graduation at the end of the month. For many students who felt disappointed by the school closure due to COVID-19, this intimate ceremony is a game changer. Students </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/education/2020/06/15/eugenio-maria-de-hostos-charter-school-to-graduate-its-first-class-of-seniors"><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>expressed</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> how they were excited to have an in-person gathering, with social distancing guidelines in place.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seniors Graduate in Virtual Ceremony </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>William Penn Charter School in Pennsylvania held a </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.chestnuthilllocal.com/2020/06/18/penn-charter-holds-virtual-ceremony-for-2020-grads/"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>virtual graduation</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> for their high school seniors. “Remarkable,” is how one speaker described the class of 2020. The prerecorded video included messages from students, teachers, and speakers, as well as photos and a musical performance. In virtual graduation was followed by a social distancing picnic, which allowed students to pick up their diplomas. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>A Drive-Thru Graduation </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Boston Collegiate Charter School in Massachusetts celebrated their graduating seniors with a </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.dotnews.com/2020/bccs-celebrates-class-2020-drive-through-graduation"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>drive-thru ceremony</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span>. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, students remained inside vehicles until their names were called. Students who were unable to attend the celebration received a special visit from the principal—delivering their diplomas straight to their doorsteps. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Kudos to the Class of 2020 for pushing through and achieving their goals despite many obstacles.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/brittnee-exum"><strong>Brittnee Exum</strong></a> is the manager of marketing and communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p><em>This post is part of an <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">ongoing series</a> </strong>to celebrate high school seniors’ graduation stories from charter schools across the country, despite pandemic-related school closures. Kudos to students and schools for their accomplishments and finding innovative ways to celebrate.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/451" hreflang="en">Charter Grads 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=21249&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="1rrxQFobMSF0DSkS7OADHXlzNhulwZ3JWvAZ4U8GwhQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:03:20 +0000 Brittnee 21249 at https://www.publiccharters.org No Child Left Uneducated https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/23/no-child-left-uneducated <span>No Child Left Uneducated</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:02</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-23T12:00:00Z">June 23, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/Constitution%20Stock%20Photo%20Square.png?itok=8AbYXzTa" width="250" height="250" alt="Constitution Stock Photo Square for No Child Left Uneducated Blog Post" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>I was recently invited by Rick Hess at the American Enterprise Institute to write a paper sharing my thoughts on the <a href="https://www.aei.org/research-products/report/a-constitutional-right-to-a-high-quality-public-education/"><strong>next major challenge conservatives should be focused on</strong></a> in education. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Serendipitously, this request came shortly after I joined a working group hosted by the great Ben Austin, a longtime leader in education reform efforts in California who comes at the issue from a progressive point of view. Our group was focused on efforts to encourage states to pass constitutional amendments that guarantee access to a high-quality education. It’s a provocative and timely idea, but I quickly noticed a lack of conservative voices in the discussion. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>My experience at the U.S. Department of Education during the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act was a crash course in how hard it is for local bureaucracies to change habits and how local control in underserved communities doesn’t necessarily mean parental or community control. I realize that one can always impact a district’s decisions by becoming more active in school board elections or moving to a district with more high-performing schools, but these are not options for families in low-income communities. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Accountability in public education has always been a strong conservative value, and so is the freedom to make the best choices for yourself and your family. If conservatives really care about parental choice and community empowerment, they should also be in favor of ways to give parents some recourse when they are not being served well by the schools their children attend. Rather than only push for greater options outside of public schools, using legislative means, why not also influence collective action, using legal tools, to impact change? </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I think this is more important now than ever before in the wake of COVID-19 and the racial unrest our county is facing. Both accentuate the need for families to have access to a great public education that is responsive to their needs and one that ensures not just equitable access but also strives for excellent outcomes. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I believe this proposal has the best chance to attract the progressives on the left who seem to be talking a lot more about accountability these days</span></span></span>⁠—<span><span><span>especially with respect to law enforcement and healthcare, for example. I suspect the moment we are in is making many people second guess the wisdom of trying to take us back to the days when we simply poured money into programs without any accountability.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Nina Rees is the president &amp; CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Read the full think piece, <a href="https://www.aei.org/research-products/report/a-constitutional-right-to-a-high-quality-public-education/">A Constitutional Right for a High-Quality Public Education</a></h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/78" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=20707&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="dtNTrDD6YpW1XLeQsD0VuUlYQ-4mSS2fmpLhk3jw6Wg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:02:45 +0000 Melinda 20707 at https://www.publiccharters.org Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads VI https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/15/celebrating-2020-charter-grads-vi <span>Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads VI</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brittnee</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/15/2020 - 18:07</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-15T12:00:00Z">June 15, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/diploma%20in%20hand%20.png?itok=6BWMy7hf" width="250" height="250" alt="diploma in hand " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The year 2020 has been challenging for many—however, this isn’t stopping charter schools from helping their graduates create happy memories. In <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">this series</a></strong>, we highlight the multitude of ways schools are recognizing their 2020 grads. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>A Graduation Tour</span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a pre-graduation celebration, the team at </span></span></span></span></span></span>Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts <span><span><span><span><span><span>in Pennsylvania went on a special tour, “</span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/seniors-at-charter-school-in-bethlehem-get-creative-with-park-and-circumstance-graduation-event/article_6e57829e-a9ec-11ea-8e4c-f7b990dd0503.html"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Park and Circumstance</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span>.” Teachers and staff hopped on the school’s buses and made 10 stops to parks in the area to celebrate their high school seniors. The graduates took pictures with each other and their teachers. To continue the celebration, the school will create more memories during smaller graduation ceremonies next month.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Surprise Graduation Door-to-Door </span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School in Massachusetts surprised their four high school seniors at their doorsteps! Three of the students live on the vineyard while the other student is less than 10 miles away. The graduates received their diplomas and shared their </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2020/06/11/charter-school-seniors-look-make-their-mark"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>future goals</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></strong> </span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>An EPIC Graduation </span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>More than 3,000 seniors from EPIC Charters Schools in Oklahoma graduated in their first-ever </span></span></span></span></span><a href="///C:/Users/BrittneeExum/Dhttps:/www.grandlakenews.com/news/20200611/epic-charter-schools-graduates-more-than-3800-seniors-in-first-ever-virtual-ceremonyocuments/Resource%20Page%20Update%20031920.docx"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>virtual ceremony</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span>! The graduation honored each student and included speeches from the valedictorian, salutatorian, and guest speakers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>To the class of 2020—congratulations on the first step into your new journey.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/brittnee-exum"><strong>Brittnee Exum</strong></a> is the manager of marketing and communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p><em>This post is part of an <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">ongoing series</a> </strong>to celebrate high school seniors’ graduation stories from charter schools across the country, despite pandemic-related school closures. Kudos to students and schools for their accomplishments and finding innovative ways to celebrate.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/451" hreflang="en">Charter Grads 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=19724&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="gLfCGTXsd4bHJ4-rS0W0iYcCoVBbTCqSNP3qL43pGLI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 22:07:48 +0000 Brittnee 19724 at https://www.publiccharters.org Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads V https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/11/celebrating-2020-charter-grads-v <span>Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads V</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brittnee</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:58</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-11T12:00:00Z">June 11, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/drive-in%20movie%20screen%20.png?itok=D0pRJEEf" width="250" height="250" alt="drive-in movie screen " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>From surprise ceremonies to bringing your horse to celebrate to a drive-in movie graduation theme, charter school students are making memories that will last a lifetime. In <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">this series</a></strong>, we share how 2020 graduates are celebrating these special moments outside the norm. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Throws Surprise Graduation</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>A graduation ceremony for 54 high school seniors at University Prep Charter School for Young Men in New York turned out to be sooner than they expected. The seniors reported to school to pick up their caps and gowns, and they were </span></span></span><a href="https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2020/06/08/uprep-class-2020-rochester-ny-surprise-virtual-graduation-movie/5321072002/"><strong><span><span><span>surprised with a celebration</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>. The school’s CEO teamed up with different black-owned businesses to host the students’ very special send-off. A videographer was on-site to capture the memories in a video. Each senior took a photo in their cap and gown and had the opportunity to participate in a unique photo session with special effects. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>A Graduation—Drive-In Movie Style</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Orcutt Academy High School in California transformed their field to reflect a </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.noozhawk.com/article/orcutt_academy_high_school_holds_drive_in_graduation_for_class_of_2020"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>drive-in movie style graduation</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> for students. A jumbo screen was in the front of the field where families parked on the grass. Many vehicles had class of 2020 decorations. Teachers greeted the cars at the entrance with signs celebrating the graduates and the school showed a video which included speeches and highlights from the school year. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Students Get Creative During Graduation</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><strong> </strong></span><span><span><span><span>The threat of thunderstorms didn’t stop Joseph Charter School in Oregon from holding their graduation on the school’s football field. Some students found </span></span></span><a href="https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/coronavirus/joseph-charter-school-graduates-12/article_05e0fd08-a9b5-11ea-a8cb-63501bc8dace.html"><strong><span><span><span>unique ways</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to make an entrance. For example, one student rode her horse across the field. Another student had a stagecoach, while others entered in a variety of vehicles. As students showed their creativity and leadership on the field, their principal reminded them: they are the leaders of the decade. She continued to encourage them to “<span><span>make the changes in the social, cultural, and environment ways that we need to make this world a better place.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations to all our future leaders and changemakers—the class of 2020. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/brittnee-exum"><strong>Brittnee Exum</strong></a> is the manager of marketing and communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p><em>This post is part of an <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">ongoing series</a> </strong>to celebrate high school seniors’ graduation stories from charter schools across the country, despite pandemic-related school closures. Kudos to students and schools for their accomplishments and finding innovative ways to celebrate.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/451" hreflang="en">Charter Grads 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-329" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/329#comment-329" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Unique Graduation Ceremony</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">June 13, 2020 - 01:58pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Monica Spiegler</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>These are awesome! Check out the great way that Passport School a thriving charter school in Orlando, FL celebrated our graduation <a href="https://youtu.be/B91W_0X9ARw">https://youtu.be/B91W_0X9ARw</a></p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=329&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="FR3FSfeI-hntCPcgH7n4xqySAy-5tH3VdOfWT1jmZaU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><article data-comment-user-id="17275" id="comment-330" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/330#comment-330" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Re: Unique Graduation Ceremony</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">June 15, 2020 - 01:44pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brittnee</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Hi Monica, thank you for sharing!</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=330&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="v5uivyL5qDu7g2Sj7rWVK0r-hbFGkq2NNWvLUMnFpeI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/329#comment-329" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Unique Graduation Ceremony</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Monica Spiegler</span></p> </footer> </article> </div> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=18971&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="d5azj3RjgiLm9CJrm6p440MHgtSQBVSXKxOA-bnfyuk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 16:58:44 +0000 Brittnee 18971 at https://www.publiccharters.org Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads IV https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/08/celebrating-2020-charter-grads-iv <span>Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads IV</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brittnee</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/08/2020 - 09:43</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-08T12:00:00Z">June 8, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/racetrak%20gradpost%20IV.png?itok=TjQS526j" width="250" height="250" alt="racetrack " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Charter schools are sending off their high school seniors in a way to remember despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many educators echo the same sentiment—this was not the original plan for graduation, but they continue to find meaningful ways to celebrate their students. In this series, we will highlight different ways charter schools are recognizing the class of 2020.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>High School Seniors Graduate on Racetrack</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>How many of us can say we </span></span></span><a href="https://wpde.com/news/local/charter-school-takes-to-the-track-to-graduate-class-of-2020"><strong><span><span><span>graduated high school on a racetrack</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>? Well, the senior class at PALM Charter School in South Carolina can. School leaders rented the Myrtle Beach Speedway to celebrate students for graduation. The school’s curriculum focuses on skills training and career preparation for the motorsports industry, making the special ceremony a natural fit for the grads. Students rode around the racetrack, received their diplomas, and additional awards. The class of 2020 united in support and celebration of their fellow grad, Jacob Welsh, who received a special honor during the ceremony for his strength and perseverance after a life-threatening car accident.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Celebrates First Graduating Seniors </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Congrats to KIPP Columbus in Ohio as they celebrate their </span></span></span><a href="https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200601/kipp-columbus-honors-class-of-2020-its-first-graduating-seniors"><strong><span><span><span>first graduating class</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>. Students arrived at the school to receive their diplomas and take photos in their caps and gowns, plus the school sent students home with a surprise gift. Every single grad was gifted a Chromebook donated by a manufacturing business. The cherry on top? Each graduate has been accepted into a college. The school was also named one of the recipients of the </span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-charter-schools/charter-school-trailblazers/2020-above-and-beyond-awards"><strong><span><span><span>first-ever Above and Beyond Awards</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> earlier this year from the National Alliance.</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Grads on the Red-Carpet </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Like the schools above, </span></span></span><a href="https://therivardreport.com/no-rain-on-this-parade-east-central-celebrates-with-drive-thru-graduation/"><strong><span><span><span>East Central High School</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span>in Texas did not let the pandemic stop them from honoring their high school seniors. The school put on a drive-thru celebration to help send off their graduates in style. The “parade of graduates” included several decorated vehicles driving through the parking lot and students walking across a red carpet to accept their diploma. As a keepsake, each graduate will receive a video of the ceremony. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Kudos to all 2020 graduates, parents, educators, and mentors who provided them with support to push through. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/brittnee-exum"><strong>Brittnee Exum</strong></a> is the manager of marketing and communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p><em>This post is part of an <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">ongoing series</a> </strong>to celebrate high school seniors’ graduation stories from charter schools across the country, despite pandemic-related school closures. Kudos to students and schools for their accomplishments and finding innovative ways to celebrate.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/451" hreflang="en">Charter Grads 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17857&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Lh8oBJgjZDzOsmZr-8Bhc8ECEO7i8RlRgfENVhs1mmk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:43:22 +0000 Brittnee 17857 at https://www.publiccharters.org How the Digital Divide Impacts Charter School Students in the Age of COVID-19 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/08/how-digital-divide-impacts-charter-school-students-age-covid-19 <span>How the Digital Divide Impacts Charter School Students in the Age of COVID-19 </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:17</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/nathan-barrett-phd" hreflang="en">Nathan Barrett, Ph.D.</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/adam-gerstenfeld" hreflang="en">Adam Gerstenfeld</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-08T12:00:00Z">June 8, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-06/Blog%20%28250px%29.png?itok=jAsT0ccC" width="250" height="250" alt="Graphic of laptop and phone" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nationwide, approximately 9 million students lack access to connectivity or devices. This lack of access widens the already substantial gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds—and for charter school students that gap may be even more pronounced. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After the coronavirus pandemic led to mass school closures, it quickly became clear that some students are at a disadvantage in digital learning—specifically those who are without access to the technology and internet connectivity that facilitates remote learning. The new normal in education is remote learning and if students don’t have the tools to learn remotely then achievement and attainment gaps based on income and race may be exacerbated.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We found this particularly concerning and <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/closing-digital-divide"><strong>sought to better understand</strong></a> the barriers students might face in accessing remote learning opportunities, especially considering charter schools serve a higher percentage of underserved students than district schools.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To be certain, we needed to look at the data available. Here is what we found when we dug into the data:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Almost a quarter of charter schools operate in low connectivity census tracts</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While there is limited data available on student access to devices and connectivity at the school level, we can approximate by using the American Community Survey (ACS) and the census tract in which a school is located. We consider a census tract to have low access to devices or connectivity if a third or more households do not have access to any type of device or connectivity. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The first key finding is that a higher percentage of charter schools are located in census tracts with low connectivity—23 percent—as compared to district schools. This lends credence to our initial hypothesis that charter schools would be more affected by remote learning than other public schools due to the students they serve.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Charter school students are at least 2x more likely to be enrolled in a school located in a low device access area</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Another key finding is that there is a higher percentage of charter school students who attend schools in census tracts with low access to devices than those who attend district schools. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Unfortunately, the data is less compelling here because ACS data counts smartphones as devices which skews the numbers lower. Though if you’ve had to work on a smartphone, it isn’t easy. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Charter school students are less likely to access connectivity at high rates</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The ACS data also shows that charter school students are less likely than their district school counterparts to access connectivity at high rates. In 31 of the 44 states charter schools operate in, 20 percent or more of charter school students lack connectivity. This incidence of low access is more concentrated in certain states and cities. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As a result of our findings and adding in the estimate of students in all schools—regardless of census tracts—our estimate is that charter schools need $243 million to address unmet device and connectivity needs for their students in a single school year. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With the prevailing uncertainty around schools reopening and a question around whether they will have to close again, we can’t leave the digital divide unchecked. Our students deserve better.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><em>Nathan Barrett, Ph.D., is the senior director of research and evaluation at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></span></span></span></p> <p><em>Adam Gerstenfeld is the manager of data and research at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><span><span><span>Read the full report, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/closing-digital-divide">Closing the Digital Divide: What Policymakers Need to Know</a>.</strong></span></span></span></h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/77" hreflang="en">research</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17804&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="HBFstZmblJATD8aOZDy0cRqMPx5eTRQPfAWletxKaUs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:17:26 +0000 Melinda 17804 at https://www.publiccharters.org